CommonLit The Library
CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
Titanic Officer Swears Wreck Due to Company's Neglect
United Press Leased Wire
A newspaper excerpt about the Titanic details some of the controversy surrounding why the ship sank.
Duck & Cover: School Drills During the Cold War
During the Cold War years, American schools held “Duck and Cover” drills to prepare for the chance of nuclear attack.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
In this poem, the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing about China.
“Help Him Up!”: A Witness’s Account of Panic on a Subway Platform
A reporter describes witnesses’ reactions to a man falling onto New York City subway tracks.
Reaching New Heights
A successful basketball player inspires kids who have the same skin disease as him.
Rosie the Riveter
Barrett Smith discusses the origins of Rosie the Riveter and the effect she has had on women in the United States.
When Good People Do Bad Things
An experiment by a cognitive neuroscientist helps us understand the science behind mob brutality.
A young girl struggles to fight boredom and loneliness after moving to a new home.
What Is Earth?
Earth’s makeup and movements affect life on the planet.
“Three Types of Friendship” — Excerpt from The Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle describes three different types of friendship and which is the most valuable.
A speaker describes their outside face and their ‘underface.’
Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability
In this article, Hitselberger takes issue with the language sometimes used around the issue of dealing with one’s disability.
The Frog and the Mouse
A frog betrays a mouse and finds himself in a bad situation because of it.
This informational text discusses the process that deceased Egyptian nobles went through to be prepared for the afterlife.
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Dickinson calls public life "dreary" and takes pride in maintaining a private identity.
The Bear and the Two Travelers
A traveler abandons his friend in the face of danger.
Home Sweet Home
Sarah J. Bell
Sarah J. Bell discusses the houses that Native Americans built hundreds of years ago.
Scientists Reveal Three Keys to Happiness
Stephen and Rachel Kaplan’s study identifies three important elements for achieving happiness.
The Road to American Independence
This text recounts the major events that led the American colonies to victory in the Revolutionary War and independence from Great Britain.